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The Barber's Shop, Chelsea

Impression: Freer Gallery of Art
Freer Gallery of Art
Number: 263
Date: 1886
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 166 x 242 mm
Signed: butterfly at upper right
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 2
Known impressions: 11
Catalogues: K.271; M.268; W.229
Impressions taken from this plate  (11)


This plate was executed in etching, with just a few drypoint additions within and under the archway.


The first proof of The Barber's Shop, Chelsea was printed in dark brown ink on 'antique' (pre-1800) laid paper, with light, even tone (). Most are in dark brown ink, several on ivory laid (, , ) and ivory 'antique' laid (, ); off-white light-weight laid with 'GR' watermark (); and in brown ink on ivory laid paper with a dyed red edge at right, removed from a book (). Other impressions are in black ink on cream laid paper with a Seven Provinces watermark () and warm black ink on cream laid with 'IV' water- or countermark (). All are trimmed to the platemark and signed with Whistler's butterfly and 'imp.' to show that he had printed them.